AOTA Media Experts

Occupational therapy focuses on the restoration of skills and abilities, and occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

AOTA's media experts represent various specialties and geographic locations and serve as spokespersons. The guide serves as a resource for journalists who are working on stories covering a wide range of topics including autism, older drivers, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer's disease, and aging.

To interview one of AOTA's experts, or for more information, contact Katie Riley at, or 301-652-6611, ext. 2963.

Aging Experts

Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Dean, Chair & Professor in the division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California; AOTA immediate past-president
Areas of Expertise: Aging & Leadership
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Mary A. Corcoran, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University; and Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, Shenandoah University
Areas of Expertise: Alzheimer's Disease, Environmental Modifications, and Caregiving
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Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS
Project Coordinator of AOTA's Older Driver Initiative
Areas of Expertise: Driving & Mobility for Older Adults
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Coralie "Corky" H. Glantz, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA
Co-Owner of Glantz/Richman Rehabilitation
Areas of Expertise: Aging & Dementia
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Karen Smith, OT/L, CAPS
Approved Provider Program Manager and Practice Associate, AOTA
Areas of Expertise: Aging in Place, Falls Prevention
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Pamela Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA
Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh
Areas of Expertise: Aging, Falls Prevention, Long-Term Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Assisted Living
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Children & Youth Experts

Varleisha D. Gibbs, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, Telehealth, and Family-Centered Care
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Sue Ludwig, OTR/L
President and Founder of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT)
Areas of Expertise: Neonatal Therapy, Oral Feeding in the NICU, Infant-Driven Feeding®, Implementing Developmental Care in the NICU, Integrated Model of Neonatal Therapy, Changing Feeding Culture in the NICU, and Intentional Caregiving.
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Heidi Nejezchleb Tringali, MS, OTR/L
Owner, Tringali Occupational Therapy Services,
Areas of Expertise: Preschool and School-Aged Children with Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorders, Visual Motor Deficits, Fine and Gross Motor Coordination Deficits, Asperger's/Austism, ADHD, and other childhood disorders.
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Sandra Schefkind, MS, OTR/L
Pediatric Program Manager, Professional Affairs Division, AOTA
Areas of Expertise: Pediatrics, School-Based Practice, Advocacy, Children and Youth
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Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Director and Founding Chair of the Occupational Therapy Program and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Clarkson University
Areas of Expertise: Autism & Sensory Processing
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Disability & Rehabilitation Experts

Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA
Director of Professional Development, AOTA Areas of Expertise: Hand rehabilitation, splinting, occupation-based hand therapy, OTA education, occupation-based documentation, and practice
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Ricardo C. Carrasco, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chair & Professor at Nova Southeastern University Tampa, Health Professions Division, College of Allied Health & Nursing, Department of Occupational Therapy
Areas of Expertise: Developmental Disabilities & Sensory Integration/Processing Disorders, Wellness Through Occupation, Occupational Therapy Education
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Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L
President and founder of International Clinical Educators, Inc.
Areas of Expertise: Stroke (adult hemiplegia), innovative teaching strategies, and multimedia/video educational resources
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Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA
Director of Occupational Therapy Services at the New England Eye Institute; and Assistant Professor of Vision Rehabilitation at the New England College of Optometry
Areas of Expertise: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Impact of the Built Environment on Vision and Function
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Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chief Strategic Development Officer, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center; and President, Occupational Therapy Association of California
Areas of Expertise: Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Pediatrics, Vision Assessment and Treatment, Evidence-Based Practice, Management, and Leadership
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Health & Wellness Experts

Robin Newman, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, CDRS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Clinical Specialist in Occupational Therapy at NorthShore University HealthSystem
Areas of Expertise: Cancer Survivorship/Cancer Rehabilitation, Lymphedema, and Driver Rehabilitation
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Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Director of Rehabilitation Services, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
Areas of Expertise: Cancer Rehabilitation, Health Care Reform, HIV/AIDS, Work Disability, Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI)
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Michele Luther-Krug, COTA/L, SCADCM, CDRS
Driving Rehabilitation Specialist, shepherd Driving Program, Atlanta
Areas of Expertise: Driving & Substance Abuse
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Claudine Campbell, MOT, OTR, CLT
Manager of the Occupational Therapy Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Areas of Expertise: Cancer Survivorship/Cancer Rehabilitation, Lymphedema, and Cognition
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Mental Health Expert

Virginia "Ginny" Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA
AOTA President; Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Technology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery, Psychosocial Aspects of Wellness and Everyday Life, Capturing Lived Experience Using Photovoice Methods, Leadership, Leadership Development, and Servant Leadership
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Work-Related Experts

James M. Herzog, MS, OTR/L, CEA
Occupational Therapist at MeadWestvaco Corporation
Areas of Expertise: Ergonomics, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)Implementation, Job Analysis, Post-Offer Screen Development, Onsite Therapy, and Behavior-Based Safety
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Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA
Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy and Distance Education Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Programs, Boston University 
Areas of Expertise: Ergonomics, Telerehabilitation, Education and Curriculum Development, Workplace; AOTA's National School Backpack Safety Awareness Day (September)
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Health Care Policy & Reform Expert

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University; and owner of AJLamb Consulting
Areas of Expertise: Health care policy & reform, prevention and wellness, and occupational therapy as a career
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